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post #11 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga View Post

3. Or you could use one of those tie rings like Clinton A. makes, maybe not one of those over priced ones, but something similar. That way when he wriggles his head, the rope slides slowly through and you can simply grab the end and move him back up and tell him woah.
The tie rings are awesome. It's the only thing of Clinton Anderson's worth getting.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 05:14 PM
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If it was on my property, I'd have no problem....I'd probably already have them, lol....but since I can't just go around installing things at the place where I board, I'll have to make due with what I have.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 06:15 PM
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This may seem like a silly comment but why don't you just tie him up with a knot he can't undo? This is my own private theory on tying horses. If a horse pulls back and tries to break halters and ropes, tie that horse nice,short and tight with gear it can't break. It is amazing how horses stop pulling before their heads pop off. Also not sure about the whole standing around watching them with knife in your hands in case something bad happens. If a horse is tied with good strong rope, on a good strong tying point, and not tied too long, not much can really go wrong. Of course there are some horses that are inclined to fight being tied but that is a totally different subject.
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If he were the kind of horse to eventually settle down, I would probably just let that happen, since not a lot spooks him enough to warrant him pulling back in the first place. But I've seen him when he feels trapped, and he sort of gets dramatic.....he fights harder and harder until theres no more stress ;) Both of these situations have been where his head was secured, and he ended up breaking whatever restrained him, and then looking at me like I was the crazy one. On the off chance that he does spook and he needs to be released, a thick cotton lead rope and a cement wall are probably going to do more damage to my horse than he'll do to them.

If I had money to buy a few cheap lead ropes, I'd turn him loose in the round pen and let him figure out for himself to yield to pressure on his head in a panic situation, but sadly I do not.

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 06:38 PM
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I agree with a few posters who said tie to something solid and make him learn he needs to stay tied. Yes, you do need a knife on hand, because if he flips over or gets stuck, you have to be able to release him.

I would suggest learning several quick-release knots [there are way more than one] and you may find one he can't wiggle his way out of.

You could also teach him to ground tie. It's a skill that I think all horses should know, because you never know where you might get stuck, lol. It might keep him from wandering off if he does untie himself.

EDITED TO ADD: Letting him go with a lead rope in the pasture is a great idea! You don't need to go out and buy new lead ropes, use a bunch of shoe laces tied together, or baling twine, or whatever you can find around the house or the barn. Baling twine is amazingly strong, I'd opt for that one!

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post #17 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 06:55 PM
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A really good way to teach to tie is to use a car inner tube. Secure the inner tube to your hitching post and tie your horse to the inner tube. An inner tube that is not perished and is in good nick is very strong. When a horse pulls the inner tube stretches, as soon as the horse stops pulling it can release the pressure by itself. It works very well, I have seen a number of my neighbours horses taught to tie in this manner, they are all good tyres (HaHa).
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